Transylvania County Library Director
Posted by Transylvania County on May 30, 2019

Rishara Finsel of Polk County has been chosen as the new Director of
Transylvania County’s Library.

Finsel was raised in Bat Cave, NC. She attended Berea College where she received her
undergraduate degree in Art and Industrial Technology Management, and UNC Greensboro
where she received her Master’s in Library and Information Science. Most recently Rishara
served as the Director of the Polk County Public Library and she previously worked as the
Senior Librarian for Public Services at the Flathead County Library System/ImagineIF Libraries
in western Montana.

In February, the County engaged Bradbury-Miller Associates to assist with a nationwide
professional search for the Library Director position. The County Manager formed a search
committee to work together in the candidate selection process. The search committee included
representatives of the Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, County Manager and County
staff. “We are excited to have Rishara joining our Management Team as the Library Director.
She brings a strong background in Public Library services and has demonstrated a commitment
to provide the best of library services to the public”, said Jaime Laughter, County Manager.

“Transylvania County is a special place, and that is reflected in its public library. I am
honored to join such a strong staff and supportive library community”, said Finsel. “I look
forward to working together to serve the people of Transylvania County.”

Ms. Finsel will assume the new responsibilities as Library Director in July. Please join
us in welcoming her to Transylvania County.